The best covered litter box reviews on this page will give you the information you need to make the best choice for your cat and your home.
There is additional information after the reviews, for example things to consider when buying a covered litter box, how to check for the right size and reasons a covered litter box is preferred by some cat households.
The 7 Best Covered Litter Boxes
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1. Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan
This is a super popular litter box. It is a no nonsense box and does the job. It is sturdy and lightweight.
The opening is a door flap. If your cat is not so keen on the door flap, the flap does flip up and can sit on the top of the box.
These are the dimensions – 22.4 x 18.3 x 15.3. The door opening is 10.4 inches high x 9.6 wide.
There is also a Jumbo version which is essentially the same but with larger dimensions. Dimensions of the larger box when assembled, are 22x 20 x 18, so perfect for larger kitties. Even if your kitty is not large, the more space they have the better. This of course does also depend on the amount of space you have to place the box, so there are a few variables to add up when looking for the “just right” litter box.
Liners can be used but are not essential. Kitchen garbage bags can substitute as liners.
The handle is on the top of the box and when looking at the photo it is lying flat. It is not suggested to lift the entire box full of litter by using the handle.
This box also has an overlap mechanism to help prevent urine leakage form high pee-ers.
Using a clumping litter, it is easy to scoop through the front, with the door raised. This making everyday cleaning easier than having to remove the lid every time.
The colors are warm gray or white with some black.
2. IRIS USA Large Hooded Litter Box
This is an excellent litter box. The front opening is a flap that lifts up as you can see in the image.
The clips on the side are secure. The scoop is also cleverly stored for easy access.
The box itself is solid and comes in a jumbo size and also a corner model.
The handle is comfortable grip. This is important when carrying a box with litter. Although we would recommend taking great care when moving a box that is full of litter, there is nothing worse than a handle that digs painfully into the palm.
This box is made in the USA. It is a well made product and sits in the mid price range.
3. Van Ness Enclosed Sifting Cat Litter Box
This covered litter box is different to the others on this page as it is a sifting litter box. You may have seen sifting litter boxes before but not actually considered a sifting litter box.
We chose the image above as it pretty clearly shows how the sifting aspect works. It is a straightforward process. Sifting can be a money saver as you are just disposing of the actual solid waste. It is also less tedious than scooping and that has to be worth something.
Note, that the door can be incorrectly installed. Follow the instructions to make sure that it is easy for the cat to enter and exit.
There is a large size and a giant size. There is also a filter to neutralize odor. The filter can be changed and the recommend time frame for changing is between 60 to 90 days.
It is a good price sitting firmly in the normal range and therefore affordable.
4. Petmate Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box
This model has the steps at the side. Entry to the litter box is via the steps which have a slightly bumpy, raised surface. The bumpy surface helps to prevent litter leaving the box when the cat is exiting the box. The surface helps to dislodge the litter that may be stuck on paws and the litter stay within confines of the box.
This is a great idea and makes cleaning around the box so much easier. It is still advisable to always use a litter mat where kitty steps out of the box to catch any excess litter.
The box (dome) has a handle on the top that is built in which makes it easy to relocate the litter box if necessary.
The handle is used to remove the top for cleaning. These two points are important. A handle on top makes it easier to pick up the box when needed and a built in handle means it is fool proof as far as reliability goes because there is nothing that can break.
The cat has total privacy, you won’t be able to see the cat once he enters this litter box. He could be sending text messages for all we know.
You can use liners in this box or not use liners, it is your preference. Some people have had difficulty attaching the liners, finding them small and hard to stretch into shape.
There are liners specially for this box.
To help with odor control, there is a charcoal filter.
There is one charcoal filter and one liner included with the initial purchase.
The lid is easy to remove when a thorough clean and change of litter is required.
The dimensions are 24 x 23 x 22/23 for the whole unit.
The litter part inside is smaller because of the space taken up for the stairs. Note the height is generous so lots of space for kitty to turn around in circles inside.
Can a dog get it’s head into this box?
A small dog will be able to march in much the same way as a cat.
A medium sized dog would have more trouble.
One excellent suggestion is to put a bungee cord across the entrance. Cats can still get in with the bungee cord in place but it may deter dogs.
5. Petmate Basic Hooded Cat Litter Pan
This covered litter box from Petmate comes in two sizes, Large and Jumbo.
The lower entry point, 5″ is excellent for kittens and older cats. It has a flip top lid, that can stay folded while the litter is being scooped. It also folds back a good distance so that scooping is easy with enough space to get the scoop in and move it around easily. The door can also be removed altogether.
The handle of the box is moulded – always a good feature in our opinion, one less thing to break. It does also have a carbon filter which can be replaced if desired.
The lower part of the box is higher at the back to take care of those pesky high pee-ers.
This box is an affordable price for a box that has all the features needed for a covered litter box. Remember to also look at the Jumbo size if you are not quite sure that this one is large enough.
6. Petphabet Litter Box With Lid – Jumbo Box
This is a good box for high pee-ers because the lower half of the box is high at the back of the box, thus eliminating the high pee-ers issues.
The top and the bottom of the box snap together with clips.
The top of this box is transparent. We don’t really know what cats think of this but for for us humans it is helpful to see at a glance if the litter needs changing. For people with mobility issues this is really important consideration.
Cats can also see if someone or something else (hello doggie) is approaching. Although no litter box is going to be 100% successful at keeping litter out totally, this box does get a big tick even for enthusiastic diggers and fingers.
If your cat has to wear a soft e collar he should be able to get in and out of this box without any problems.
7. Nature’s Miracle Oval Hooded Flip Top – Easy Clean
The latest model has a handle on top. It wouldn’t be advisable to lift the box when full of litter however it does make the box easier to handle when removing the top for cleaning and also when repositioning.
The dimensions are 25 inches long by 19 inches wide by 17 inches tall
With these large dimensions even largish cats at 15 to 20 lb and larger can use this box.
The back wall, without the hood, is 11.75 inches tall.
The front of this box, flips up which makes cleaning much easier. The flip top is part of the box and it not removed however the whole top part of the box can be removed by using the clips on the each side of the box.
The box also has a carbon filter to help control odors and also gets plenty of positive comments regarding odor control.
The reason for number 7 placement is that some of the other covered litter boxes offer the same features for a lower price. The quality of this product is not in question.
Our Recommendation Is…
1. Catit Hooded Cat Litter Pan
This enclosed litter box ticks all the boxes. It is large and sturdy. It has a large opening for scooping litter and a bag anchor to keep the liner (if used) in place.
The front door helps to prevent litter tracking. The sliders attaching the two halves lock together. It is also made with BPA-free materials.
It is not unsightly and doesn’t need to relegated to a distant part of the house.
Four Things To Consider When Choosing A Covered Litter Box
- If you have a large cat definitely go for the jumbo size. The cat needs to be able to comfortably turn around inside. Some large cats with a fluffy tail have been known to leave their tails hanging out of the opening, so bear this in mind when choosing.
- Is your cat a high pee-er? Choose one of the boxes with a high back at the point where the lower part of the box meets the upper part of the box. This will lessen the chance of spillage at the join. The Catit hooded lid box does have extra overlap where the two halves of the box meet. This is specifically to address the problem of any urine leakage.
- If you have a senior cat or a kitten and the entrance to the box is too high, it may be difficult for the cat to enter and exit. Get a box where the front opening is low or it is easy to enter.
- The space you will need to position the box is important particularly if space is limited. You will need the exact measurements of the box and always double check the size. It is such a nuisance having to return items and then choose another. Also some boxes are one measurement at floor level but may flare out at the sides making the dimension’s larger. If space is tight this can be an issue.
How To Choose The Right Size Box
- Find the dimensions of the litter box you are thinking of purchasing.
- Make a mock up of the box using newspaper.
- Position the mock up in the location.
- Does it fit?
If it doesn’t fit check the dimensions of a different litter box for the space you have or choose a different location.
Why Get A Covered Litter Box?
Odor control may be easier in a box with a covered lid. This may be of particular importance if living conditions are limited space-wise and you and the cat have to share bathroom space.
A covered box will look neater than an open uncovered box and once again particularly if the box needs to go in a main living area. It can be a tricky decision weighing up what is the best for the cat versus human but when you are both sharing living quarters it is something you need to consider.
Choosing a litter box is more complicated than you thought! Well it doesn’t have to be really. There are just some basics to consider. After all you don’t want to waste your money and have the litter box not used.
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